Legendary Columbus State coach, AD Herbert Greene passes away

The man whose name now graces the court at the Lumpkin Center passed away Monday night.

Herbert Greene was 71.

Greene joined Columbus State–then called Columbus College–as the men’s basketball coach in 1981. He would spend the next 25 years on the Cougar sideline, racking up a career record of 481-280. Greene notched 11 20-win seasons and five more 19-win seasons.

Coaching wasn’t all Herbert Greene did on campus. In 1986, he took over as athletics director and served in that capacity for 23 years. During his tenure, Columbus State athletics won 54 conference championships and eight national titles.

For his accomplishments in the Cougar athletic department, Greene was named to the Chattahoochee Valley Sports Hall of Fame in 2003, the Columbus State Athletics Hall of Fame in 2008, and in January of 2015, the court at the Lumpkin Center was named “Herbert Greene Court.”

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